Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life

Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life


By (author) Daniel Clement Dennett

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 586 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 30mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 12 June 1996
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 068482471X
  • ISBN 13: 9780684824710
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 70,468

Product description

In this groundbreaking and very accessible book, Daniel C. Dennett, the acclaimed author of Consciousness Explained, demonstrates the power of the theory of natural selection and shows how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of our place in the universe. Following Darwinian thinking to its logical conclusions is a risky business, with pitfalls for everybody. Creationists and others who reject evolution are not the only ones to fall into the traps. Many who accept the validity of Darwin's conclusions hesitate before their implications and distort his theory, fearful that it is politically incorrect or antireligious, or that it robs life of all spirituality. Dennett explains the scientific theory of natural selection in vivid terms, and shows how it extends far beyond biology.

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Author information

Daniel Dennett is the author of "Brainstorms, Elbow Room, " and "Consciousness Explained." He is currently the Distinguished Arts and Sciences Professor and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives in North Andover, Massachusetts, with his wife and has two children.

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Carl Sagan "The Washington Post Book World" A breath of fresh air.